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Attractions

Franklin County offers attractions for singles and couples, families, history buffs, visitors of all ages and an experience that will bring you back for greater exploration next time. Everything is “nearby"...  no sitting in traffic jams... with scenic country roads to take you from east to west and north to south at a comfortable pace.


The "Must" List      •     FC Landmarks     •     Covered Bridges     •     Mohawk Trail     •     Driving Tours
 

The "Must" List

When visiting Franklin County, these attractions are a "must see"

Bernardston

crumpinfoxCrumpin-Fox Club (seasonal)
Parmenter Road. Premier 18-hole golf course, open to the public. 648-9101, www.golfthefox.com

Kringle Candle Company
220 South Street. All white, scented candles designed to mesh with virtually any decor. 648-3077, www.kringlecandle.com


Deerfield & South Deerfield

Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens
281 Greenfield Road. Open daily year-round except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Live butterflies and gardens, available for parties and functions. 665-2805, www.magicwings.com

yankeecandleflagshipYankee Candle Village
Just north of Exit 24 from I-91 on Routes 5 & 10. Flagship store. Bavarian Christmas Village, Candle Museum and Emporium, Santa’s Toy Factory and Home Goods Store. Groups welcome. 877-636-7707. www.yankeecandle.com

Memorial Hall Museum
Memorial Street. Built in 1798, opened in 1880 as museum to preserve and display collections as “direct memorial of the inhabitants of this valley, both Indian and Puritan.” 19 exhibition rooms. Open May 1 – Oct. 31 daily 9:30 – 4:30. 774-3768 or 774-7476. www.deerfield-ma.org

Historic Deerfield
Off Routes 5 & 10. Museum complex of 14 preserved 18th & 19th-century houses. Fine collection
of decorative and useful objects made from 1650 to 1850. Guided tours daily 9:30 – 4:30. Meadow Walk, special events, lectures, forums. 774-5581, www.historicdeerfield.org


Greenfield

Greenfield Energy Park
50 Miles Street. Over an acre of greenspace with exhibits on sustainable energy. 1944 Caboose Museum of transportation innovations, native arboretum, demonstration gardens, public artwork, and a civic pavillion. Managed by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). Open dawn to dusk. 774-6051, ext. 14.

Greenfield Garden Cinemas
359 Main Street. Downtown. Multi-screen film complex, open daily. 773-9260

Old Greenfield Village
386 Mohawk Trail. Reconstructed village shops of 1895 and early 20th century. Open weekends,
holidays and by appointment, mid-May – mid-Oct. Call for hours. Groups welcome. 774-7138


Northfield

Capn-Jeff--pax-high-rezNorthfield Mountain
Route 63. Quinnetukut II Riverboat cruises on the Connecticut River, scenic views of The French King Gorge. Winter XC skiing, tent camping, canoes/kayak rentals at Barton Cove. 800-859-2960, www.firstlightpower.com


Orange

North Quabbin Woods
94 acres in conservation, perfect for hiking, mountain biking, paddling, fishing, birding or animal tracking. Start your exploration at the North Quabbin Woods artisan gift shop at 1 East Main Street, Orange. Open Tu-Fri, 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm. www.northquabbinwoods.org


Shelburne Falls

bridgeofflowersmacdonaldVillage Center
Featured in the book “The 100 Best Small Art Towns of America.” Home of the famous Bridge of Flowers, Artists’
studios, galleries, restaurants, bookstores and the Glacial Potholes of Salmon Falls. 625-2544 www.shelburnefalls.com


Sunderland

Warner Farm and Mike’s Maze (seasonal)
23 South Main Street. Open in the fall, an amazing themed cornfield maze of intricate design. Bring a team! 665-8331, www.mikesmaze.com


Turners Falls

Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A, Interpretive museum of the Connecticut River. Natural, cultural, and industrial history. Call for hours. 863-3221, www.greatfallsma.org


Whately

New England Wild Flower Society at Nasami Farm
128 North Street. 75 acres open Spring and Fall showcasing native plants and flowers, 397-9922, www.newsfs.org


Local Media

The Recorder
Daily except Sunday, news, sports, features, 14 Hope Street, Greenfield, 772-0261, www.recorder.com

Daily Hampshire Gazette
115 Conz Street, Northampton, 584-2840, www.gazettenet.com

Valley Advocate
115 Conz Street, Northampton, 529-2840 www.valleyadvocate.com

Shelburne Falls and West County Independent
Weekly, 8 Deerfield Avenue, Shelburne Falls. MA, 625-8397

News and weather on our local stations... Tune in!
WFCR Public Radio – 88.5 FM WHAI – 98.3 FM
WPVQ – 95.3 FM WRSI – 93.9 FM
WIZZ – 1520 AM WGBY Public Television

 

Franklin County Landmarks

Dwight L. Moody Birthplace
Moody Street Northfield. The home of the 19th century evangelist is open by appointment. Contact Northfield Mount Hermon School, (413) 498-3000.

Glacial Potholes
Located in Shelburne Falls just off Bridge Street on Deerfield Avenue, the waterfall has three cataracts with over 50 potholes created by erosion since the last ice age over 14,000 years ago.

Hail to the Sunrise Monument
A 900-pound bronze casting erected on a 9-ton boulder as a monument to the
Five Indian Nations of the Mohawk Trail. The statue depicts a Mohawk Indian looking across the Deerfield River with arms uplifted to the Great Spirit. It is located on Route 2 just west of the Indian Bridge in Charlemont.

Indian Cave
A spectacular rock formation is located north of Stevens Swamp and north of the Old South Road to Warwick in Northfield. There is a tunnel where you can crawl about 30 feet to a 12-foot square opening with a 3-foot thick
granite roof.

New England National Scenic Trail
Formerly the Metacomet and Monadnock (“M and M”) Trail, runs from Erving to the New Hampshire border.

Old Charcoal Kilns
Located in Leverett, this is the site where charcoal was produced 200 years ago. Take Route 63 to North Leverett Road, right on Old Coke Kiln Road.

poetsseat-1Poet’s Seat Tower
Located on Rocky Mountain near the center of Greenfield. Named for Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, a little-known poet who used to sit on the mountain and write, the Tower has become the symbol for Greenfield. From Main Street, turn left onto High Street and turn right at Maple Street. At the end, bear right to the top of the hill. There is a parking area on the left and you can walk up to the Tower. Views from the top of the tower can be spectacular, especially on a clear fall day. The Pocumtuck Ridge Trail begins at Poet’s Seat.

Rattlesnake Gutter Road
Located in Leverett, Rattlesnack Gutter Road is a deep glacial ravine with scenic rock formations. From Route 63, take Montague Road to Rattlesnake Gutter Road.

Schell Memorial Bridge
Ornate historic bridge once linked both halves of Northfield across the Connecticut River and is now a popular subject for painters and photographers. Viewing from the Pauchaug Brook boat ramp or points below
the bridge off Glen and Mill roads.

Wawbeek Rock
A huge glacial boulder on Hastings Pond Road behind the fire station at the south end of the Warwick
Common.


Covered Bridges

Covered bridges have scenic appeal and are generally considered old-fashioned and similar to barns. The original purpose was twofold: it was easier to transport cattle across them without startling them, and the roof structure offered weather protection over the working part of the bridge.

A bridge built entirely out of wood, without any protective coating, may last 10 to 15 years. Builders discovered that if the bridge’s underpinnings were protected with a roof, the bridge could stand for 70, or even 80 years. The existing covered bridges have been renovated using concrete footings and steel trusses to hold additional weight and to replace the original support timbers. Some covered bridges also feature an integrated covered walkway.

Charlemont

Bissell Bridge
60’ span built in 1951 over Mill Brook. Take Route 2 to Charlemont. Turn onto Route 8A North. The bridge is 600’ from Route. 2. The bridge has been recently restored.

Colrain

arthursmithcovbridgeArthur A. Smith Bridge
100’ span built in 1886 over the North River. It has been restored and is open to pedestrians.
Take Route 2 to Shelburne and Route 112 North to Colrain.

Conway

Burkeville Bridge
107’ span over the South River, built in 1870. From Greenfield, take Route 91 South to exit 25 and Route 116 North to Conway. From the center of Conway go north on 116 toward Ashfield, about one mile. The bridge is on the left, open to pedestrian traffic only.

Greenfield

Pumping Station Bridge
Built in 1870 and destroyed by fire in 1969. In 1972 a group of townspeople raised funds and volunteered time and materials to rebuild. It is a 95’ span over the Green River. From the rotary in Greenfield, take Route 2 West to the first light. Go right onto Colrain Road for 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Nash's Mill Road. At the road's end, take a left onto Leyden Road. A 5-minute drive will take you to Eunice Williams Drive on the left. Parking and historical marker are there at the bottom. Note: This bridge was heavily damaged during Hurricane Irene, but rebuilding is planned.

 

Mohawk Trail

Starting at Greenfield's west end at the I-91 Rotary, this well-traveled highway marks a 10,000 year-old-trading highway by Native Americans and early settlers transporting goods from the Albany, NY area to the Connecticut River Valley and later from the Atlantic Ocean to the Midwest.

In the 1920's, the Mohawk Trail (Route 2) was built especially as a "scenic highway." It traverses the Taconic and Berkshire Mountains which draw a steady stream of visitors especially during the gorgeous foliage season. Its twists and turns provide continual views of the odd conical hills around it and remnants from the 1950's motel and souvenir shop boom still can be seen along the trail today.

 

Driving Tours

The beauty of Franklin County is endless. These tours will give you a glimpse of what the region has to offer. There are several state parks in Franklin County with opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, canoeing and camping. Whether you want the excitement of Class IV whitewater rafting and a zip line canopy tour or the quiet contemplation of spectacular views, waterfalls, historic houses and covered bridges, Franklin County has them all. The tours all begin at the Visitor Center in Greenfield where you can pick up a map. Wherever you travel in Franklin County you will find friendly people and beautiful country. We hope you will enjoy yourselves and come back many times.

Tour 1 - Deerfield and Sunderland
* From the Visitor Center go to Route 2A and take a left.
* At the third light (Greenfield Center), take a right onto Route 5 south.
* After 1.4 miles (over the bridge), take a left onto River Road for 9 miles of farming country along the Connecticut River.
* River Road ends at Route 116 in Deerfield. Take a right onto Rte.116 and drive for .4 miles. On your right, take the entrance to Mount Sugarloaf Reservation. Drive or hike to the summit
where you will see spectacular views of the Connecticut River Valley in Sunderland and Deerfield.
* After leaving Sugarloaf, continue 1 mile west to the lights at Rte. 5. Take a right and drive .3 miles to Yankee Candle’s flagship location (including restaurant, snack bar and fragrant shopping).
* Leaving Yankee Candle, turn left and continue north on Rte. 5 for 2.5 miles to Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory for a delightful experience with live butterflies (restaurant onsite).
* Continue on Rte. 5 north for 2.1 miles to Historic Deerfield (on your left) for a trip back in time with a whole street of Colonial houses (restaurant at the Deerfield Inn).
* Four miles north on Rte. 5 brings you back to Greenfield Center.

Tour 2 - Historic Deerfield, Shelburne Falls
* From the Visitor Center go to Route 2 and take a left.
* At the third light (Greenfield Center), take a right onto Route 5 south.
* After 3 miles, take a right into Historic Deerfield where there are 12 fully restored museum houses, 3 art galleries and the Flynt Center of New England Life. Take a tour (guided or selfguided) or just walk the beautiful street. (restaurant available at the Deerfield Inn)
* Leaving Deerfield at the end of Old Main Street bear right onto Mill Village Road 1.7 miles and take a right onto Stillwater Road. Follow Stillwater Road 3 miles to Rte. 116.
* Take a right onto Rte. 116 west for 4.1 miles then right onto Shelburne Falls Road for 1.6 miles and right onto Bardswell Ferry.
* Follow this for 6.6 miles until you reach Rte 2. A right onto Rte. 2 takes you back to Greenfield.

Tour 3 - Leyden, Colrain, Shelburne Falls (some dirt roads)
* From the Visitor Center go to Route 2A and around the Rotary to the stop light.
* Take a right onto Colrain Road for 1.5 miles. At the fork, take a right onto Log Plain Road for 4.3 miles.
* The road becomes a dirt road following the Green River into Leyden. After 3.2 miles, take a right onto more dirt roads. Go 1.1 miles to New County Road, and after about 2 miles take a sharp left. Follow that road 2.3 miles where you take a left onto Jacksonville Road (Rte.112)
* Stay on Rte 112 by bearing right in the center of Colrain and follow that until you reach Shelburne Falls. Go into the village and walk the Bridge of Flowers, visit the Glacial Potholes, eat at one of the many restaurants and visit an artist’s studio before getting back onto Rte. 2 east back to Greenfield

Tour 4 - Turners Falls, Northfield
* From the Visitor Center go to Route 2A and take a left.
* At the third light (Greenfield Center), take a right onto Rte.5 south. Follow Rte. 5 for 1.2 miles and take a left onto Montague City Road.
* Follow Montague City Road that turns into Avenue A in downtown Turners Falls Before crossing the bridge,
visit the Discovery Center on your left.
* After crossing the bridge, go right on Rte. 2 east. Stay on Rte. 2, stopping before crossing the French King
Bridge, stroll the bridge and admire the views.
* Cross the French King Bridge, then after .8 miles, take a left onto Semb Drive and another left onto Rte. 63.
* Take 63 North for 7.5 miles. Along the way you will pass Northfield Mountain Recreation area where there are hiking trails and cross country trails in winter. You can also catch a ride on the Quinnetukut II for an interpretive ride down the Connecticut River.
* Before you reach the center of Northfield, take a right onto Maple Street and follow it as it turns into Gulf Road and North Street for 7.6 miles. A good side trip is to follow the signs and take a right off Gulf Road to Laurel Lake.
* When you reach Rte. 2 take a right and travel 5.4 miles back to the Visitor Center.

 

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